UPDATED: Active Shooter Locks Down Garden State Mall; Shooter Dead

police srt tlsUPDATED: Hundreds of law enforcement personnel converged on the Garden State Mall in Paramaus in New Jersey after a shooter reportedly armed in tactical gear entered the mall and began shooting.

Hundreds of people in the mall scattered to find cover in every nook and cranny throughout the mall – including in storage rooms and bathrooms.

There are reports of multiple people injured, though the it’s still unclear, as the scene is chaotic at this time.

SWAT teams from NJSP, Bergen and Paramaus Police are on scene in search for the gunman, who is reportedly wearing all black and wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Police are going from store to store trying to free civilians.

Images emerging from the scene show frightened shoppers running from the doors – greeted by loved ones.

There are reports of Frum resident samong those trapped as well.  Hundreds could still be in the mall.

UPDATE: 11:45 PM: UPDATE: Police are searching every inch of the mall – which is reportedly over 2 million square feet. There could still be thousands of people trapped inside, officials say.

Officials are also now saying that so far only one shot has been confirmed as coming from the shooter, and there are reportedly no shooting injuries at this time.

UPDATE 5:45 AM. The shooter, identified as 20 year-old Richard Shoop, has been found dead inside the mall with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials say.


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  1. I wish everyone all the best. I hope everyone gets out alive and well.

    Before anyone starts using this story to try your gun control garbage, please answer my question I posted the other day on the story of the 14 yr old arrested for brandishing a knife…… Why isn’t anyone calling for more knife control?

  2. How about just wishing everyone well and holding off on the politicizing for once? There are people in harm’s way, including first responders. I hope there are no casualties and this situation is resolved soon.

  3. Yid: how many mass knifing incidents do you know of? Do people go into schools and malls stabbing people or do they do that with guns? What is easier to defend yourself against? A gun or a knife?

  4. I think we might be getting closer to realize. What a crazy world this is and we might have to adapt the Israeli life. Style of armed guards in schools, malls and all places of public gathering former DNS secretary Janet nepalitano visited Israel 2,3 years ago to observe their security protocols and commented this is not for us and so on but time’s have changed with the now unfortunate more frequent such shooting

  5. first of all keep in mind that when you hear of one of these incidents all reports during the first120 minutes will be wrong.
    Secondly, in a nation of 320 million people and 300 million estimated firearms it’s remarkable that scenarios of this type don’t occur many times daily
    Keep in mind that the above is not nor should be construed as a political statement vis a vis gun rights

  6. we need to strengthen gun control its proven the more we strengthen it the crazier the shootings are getting but don’t worry with the gun control the manufacturers are not making less guns just people who follow laws don’t buy them so they are available to those who buy them because they want to go human hunting

  7. Usa – don’t have strong gun laws
    Canada – strict
    England – police don’t have guns

    Canada seems to be a very safe place considered to all these mall and airport hold ups!

    I Canada this never happens!

    AMERICA – make your policy stricter!!

  8. it is very sad that people lose their independent ability to reason to propagandists like marc Levin… how can you possibly explain why people need an assault weapon to protect themselves only pistols should be legal and if that is not obvious to you, you need to start thinking with your own brain

  9. We need arms to protect ourselves from the government. Imagine if Hitler wouldn’t have taken away German citizen’s guns right after he came to power in 1933, do you think he would have been able to pull off what he did jut a few years later?

    The second amendment – the right to bear arms – protects the first amendment – freedom of speech and freedom of religion. America is the longest surviving democracy in te history of the world because the people are armed. As soon as you take away the people’s arms. What’s to stop the democrats from implementing a full fledged dictatorship. The tea party??

  10. Well though I agree with theory of gun rights to protect the citizens from tyranny these days the might be tyrants are very well armed and would overwhelm the Minutemen, if you will in short order…”Being that a well regulated militia is…” None the less, I support gun rights because I’m a Constitionalist. And the tragically ill informed must stop referring to “Assault Weapons”, it clouds an already complex issue

  11. to 10 what is an assault weapon if not something used to assault someone so you’re right let’s ban all assault weapons like baseball bats, rocks, and oh of course your fists

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